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Autonomous Robots: From Biological Inspiration to Implementation and Control (Intelligent Robotics ), Bekey, George A.
1 Bekey, George A. Autonomous Robots: From Biological Inspiration to Implementation and Control (Intelligent Robotics )
0262025787 / 9780262025782 HARDCOVER Used; Very Good 
Autonomous robots are intelligent machines capable of performing tasks in the world by themselves, without explicit human control. Examples range from autonomous helicopters to Roomba, the robot vacuum cleaner. In this book, George Bekey offers an introduction to the science and practice of autonomous robots that can be used both in the classroom and as a reference for industry professionals. He surveys the hardware implementations of more than 300 current systems, reviews some of their application areas, and examines the underlying technology, including control, architectures, learning, manipulation, grasping, navigation, and mapping. Living systems can be considered the prototypes of autonomous systems, and Bekey explores the biological inspiration that forms the basis of many recent developments in robotics. He also discusses robot control issues and the design of control architectures.After an overview of the field that introduces some of its fundamental concepts, the book presents background material on hardware, control (from both biological and engineering perspectives), software architecture, and robot intelligence. It then examines a broad range of implementations and applications, including locomotion (wheeled, legged, flying, swimming, and crawling robots), manipulation (both arms and hands), localization, navigation, and mapping. The many case studies and specific applications include robots built for research, industry, and the military, among them underwater robotic vehicles, walking machines with four, six, and eight legs, and the famous humanoid robots Cog, Kismet, ASIMO,"and QRIO. The book concludes with reflections on the future of robotics -- the potential benefits as well as the possible dangers that may arise from large numbers of increasingly intelligent and autonomous robots 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
Heat: Adventures In The World's Fiery Places, Bill Streever,
2 Bill Streever, Heat: Adventures In The World's Fiery Places
2013 0316105325 / 9780316105323 TRADE PAPERBACK Used; Very Good 
Small remainder mark A scientist and bestselling nature writer who will go to any extreme to satisfy his curiosity, Bill Streever sets off to find out what heat really means. Let him be your guide and you'll firewalk across hot coals and sweat it out in Death Valley, experience intense fever and fire, learn about the invention of matches and the chemistry of cooking, drink crude oil, and explore thermonuclear weapons and the hottest moment of all time-the Big Bang. Melting glaciers, warming oceans, forest fires, droughts-it's clear that today's world is getting hotter. But while we know the agony of a sunburn or the comfort of our winter heaters, do we really understand heat? Written in Streever's signature crisp and entertaining prose, HEAT is an adventurous personal narrative that leaves readers with a new vision of an everyday experience-how heat works, its history, and its relationship to daily life. 
Price: 8.95 USD
 
 
The Moon in the Nautilus Shell : Discordant Harmonies Reconsidered, Botkin, Daniel
3 Botkin, Daniel The Moon in the Nautilus Shell : Discordant Harmonies Reconsidered
2012 0199913919 / 9780199913916 HARDCOVER New 
Why do we keep talking about so many environmental problems and rarely solve any? If these are scientific issues, then why can't scientists solve them or at least agree on what to do? In his new book, The Moon in the Nautilus Shell, ecologist Daniel Botkin explains why. For one thing, although we live in a world of constantly changing environments and talk a lot about climate change, most of our environmental laws, policies, and scientific premises are based on the idea that the environment is constant, never changing, except when people affect it. For another, we have lost contact with nature in personal ways. Disconnected from our surroundings, we lack the deep understanding and feelings about the environment to make meaningful judgments. The environment has become just another one of those special interests that interferes with our lives. Poised to be a core text of the twenty-first century environmental movement, The Moon in the Nautilus Shell challenges us to think critically about our role in nature. 
Price: 16.95 USD
 
 
The Long Summer, Brian Fagan
4 Brian Fagan The Long Summer
2004 0465022820 / 9780465022823 TRADE PAPERBACK Used; Very Good 
Humanity evolved in an Ice Age in which glaciers covered much of the world. But starting about 15,000 years ago, temperatures began to climb. Civilization and all of recorded history occurred in this warm period, the era known as the Holocene-the long summer of the human species. In The Long Summer, Brian Fagan brings us the first detailed record of climate change during these 15,000 years of warming, and shows how this climate change gave rise to civilization. A thousand-year chill led people in the Near East to take up the cultivation of plant foods; a catastrophic flood drove settlers to inhabit Europe; the drying of the Sahara forced its inhabitants to live along the banks of the Nile; and increased rainfall in East Africa provoked the bubonic plague. The Long Summer illuminates for the first time the centuries-long pattern of human adaptation to the demands and challenges of an ever-changing climate-challenges that are still with us today. 
Price: 8.95 USD
 
 
Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed, Carl Zimmer
5 Carl Zimmer Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed
Sterling 1454912405 / 9781454912408 TRADE PAPERBACK New 
Body art meets popular science in this elegant, mind-blowing collection, written by renowned science writer Carl Zimmer. Showcasing hundreds of eye-catching tattoos that pay tribute to various scientific disciplines, from evolutionary biology and neuroscience to mathematics and astrophysics, Science Ink reveals the stories of the individuals who chose to inscribe their obsessions in their skin. Best of all, each tattoo provides a leaping-off point for bestselling essayist and lecturer Zimmer to reflect on the science in question, whether it's the importance of an image of Darwin's finches or the significance of the uranium atom inked into the chest of a young radiologist. 
Price: 8.95 USD
 
 
365 Simple Science Experiments With Everyday Materials, Churchill, E. Richard,
6 Churchill, E. Richard, 365 Simple Science Experiments With Everyday Materials
1997 1884822673 / 9781884822674 HARDCOVER Used; Good 
Illustrated by Frances Zweifel. The fundamentals of science are brought to life in a year's worth of fun and educational hands-on experiments that can be performed easily and inexpensively at home. 
Price: 8.95 USD
 
 
Moral Calculations Game Theory, Logic, and Human Frailty, David Kramer
7 David Kramer Moral Calculations Game Theory, Logic, and Human Frailty
1998 0387984194 / 9780387984193 HARDCOVER Used; Very Good 
What does game theory tell us about rational behavior? Is there such a thing as rational behavior, and if so, is it of any use to us? In this fascinating book, renowned Hungarian economist Laszlo Mero shows how game theory provides insight into such aspects of human psychology as altruism, competition, and politics, as well as its relevance to disparate fields such as physics and evolutionary biology. This ideal guide shows us how mathematics can illuminate the human condition. 
Price: 11.95 USD
 
 
The Telescope : A Short History, Dunn, Ricard
8 Dunn, Ricard The Telescope : A Short History
2011 1844861473 / 9781844861477 HARDCOVER New 
The first telescopes were made in Holland in 1608. A year later, Galileo built his own, and modern astronomy was born! In the blink of an eye (so to speak) telescopes went to sea and started exploring planet Earth. The whole spellbinding story is here, from the early instruments through the many developments over the centuries: reflectors, achromatic lenses, silver-coated mirrors…and then radio, infrared, x-ray, and space-based telescopes. Profusely illustrated with exquisite prints, drawings, and photographs, The Telescope will appeal to all who love the mind-blowing adventure called science. 
Price: 10.95 USD
 
 
Isaac's Storm: A Man, A Time, And The Deadliest Hurricane In History, Erik Larson
9 Erik Larson Isaac's Storm: A Man, A Time, And The Deadliest Hurricane In History
Vintage 2000 0375708278 / 9780375708275 TRADE PAPERBACK Used; Good 
September 8, 1900, began innocently in the seaside town of Galveston, Texas. Even Isaac Cline, resident meteorologist for the U.S. Weather Bureau failed to grasp the true meaning of the strange deep-sea swells and peculiar winds that greeted the city that morning. Mere hours later, Galveston found itself submerged in a monster hurricane that completely destroyed the town and killed over six thousand people in what remains the greatest natural disaster in American history--and Isaac Cline found himself the victim of a devestating personal tragedy. Using Cline's own telegrams, letters, and reports, the testimony of scores of survivors, and our latest understanding of the science of hurricanes, Erik Larson builds a chronicle of one man's heroic struggle and fatal miscalculation in the face of a storm of unimaginable magnitude. Riveting, powerful, and unbearably suspenseful, Isaac's Storm is the story of what can happen when human arrogance meets the great uncontrollable force of nature. 
Price: 8.95 USD
 
 
From Five Fingers To Infinity: A Journey Through The History Of   Mathematics, Frank J. Swetz
10 Frank J. Swetz From Five Fingers To Infinity: A Journey Through The History Of Mathematics
1994 0812691946 / 9780812691948 TRADE PAPERBACK Used; Good 
This is a gripping account, full of surprises, of one of the greatest adventures in human thought, and at the same time a user-friendly introduction to many vital mathematical concepts. It is a global survey of the history of mathematics, suitable for people with no background in mathematics, as well as for the more informed reader or teacher. "From Five Fingers to Infinity" tells the story of the history of mathematics in the form of 114 articles, organised in a chronological and thematic manner. Together the articles cover all the most important areas, and can be read as a consistent narrative history. The articles are best by writers such as Carl Boyer, Howard Eves, Morris Kline, and Dirk Struik. Among the distinctive features of this volume are a multicultural treatment, with consideration of the mathematical accomplishments of traditional peoples, native Americans and others, not usually discussed in histories of mathematics; actual translations from early groundbreaking mathematical texts; a comprehensive review of Babylonian mathematical achievements; a sensitivity to the social and cultural context of mathematical endeavours; over 300 illustrations, and 18 "historical exhibits"; and informative introductions and pointers and extensive bibliographical information. Each article is short and self-contained. "From Five Fingers to Infinity" has been conceived and designed for three uses: enjoyable personal reading; as a general reference on the history of mathematics; and as a classroom text. 
Price: 12.95 USD
 
 
Flu: The Story Of The Great Influenza Pandemic Of 1918 And The Search For The Virus That Caused It, Gina Kolata
11 Gina Kolata Flu: The Story Of The Great Influenza Pandemic Of 1918 And The Search For The Virus That Caused It
1999 0965043266 / 9780965043267 TRADE PAPERBACK Used; Very Good 
A scientific history of the Great Flu Epidemic of 1918, which killed at least 40 million people. The author details the science and latest understanding of flu, examines the chances of a great epidemic recurring and explores what can be done to prevent it. Review: Feeling tired, achy, and congested? You'll hope not after reading science writer Gina Kolata's engrossing Flu, a fascinating look at the 1918 epidemic that wiped out around 40 million people in less than a year and afflicted more than one of every four Americans. This tragedy, just on the heels of World War I and far more deadly, so traumatized the survivors that few would talk about it afterward. Kolata reports on the scientific investigation of this bizarre outbreak, in particular the attempts to sequence the virus' DNA from tissue samples of victims. She also looks at the social and personal effects of the disease, from improved public health awareness to the loss of productivity. (The disease affected 20- to 40-year-olds disproportionately.) How could this disease, now almost trivial to healthy young people, have become so virulent? The answer is complex, invoking epidemiology, immunology, and even psychology, but Kolata cuts a swath through medical papers and statistical reports to tell a story of an out-of-control virus exploiting an exhausted world on the brink of transition into modern society. Through letters, interviews, and news reports, she pieces together a cautionary tale that captures the horror of a devastating illness. Research marches onward, but we're still at the mercy of something as simple as the flu. --Rob Lightner 
Price: 8.95 USD
 
 
Spin Cycle: Inside The Clinton Propaganda Machine, Howard Kurtz
12 Howard Kurtz Spin Cycle: Inside The Clinton Propaganda Machine
1998 0684852314 / 9780684852317 HARDCOVER Used; Very Good 
Spin Cycle is the first behind-the-scenes account of the White House political operation as it packages and shapes the news by manipulating, misleading, and in some cases, intimidating the press. It is also the tale of how some of the nation's top journalists buy into these efforts and, often, put their own spin on the news.Compelling, infuriating, often devastatingly funny, this is the story you should read before you pick up the newspaper tomorrow morning. 
Price: 7.95 USD
 
 
The Science of Superheroes and Space Warriors: Lightsabers, Batmobiles, Kryptonite, and More!, HowStuffWorks.com
13 HowStuffWorks.com The Science of Superheroes and Space Warriors: Lightsabers, Batmobiles, Kryptonite, and More!
Sourcebooks Landmark 1492603171 / 9781492603177 TRADE PAPERBACK Used; Like New 
Meet the biggest superheroes and villains...and find out if you have what it takes to be one Before you can start vanquishing bad guys, it's important to be schooled in saving the world. Packed with quizzes, sidebars, trivia, and more, this sensational book reveals the science behind your favorite superheroes and supervillains and their ultracool devices and weapons, as well as other awesome technologies from the science-fiction realm. Discover: • Ten Star Trek technologies that actually came true • Whether Superman would win against Harry Potter • How new liquid body armor can make us superhuman...and more! 
Price: 7.95 USD
 
 
The Stardust Revolution: The New Story of Our Origin in the Stars, Jacob Berkowitz
14 Jacob Berkowitz The Stardust Revolution: The New Story of Our Origin in the Stars
1616145498 / 9781616145491 HARDCOVER Used; Very Good 
Small remainder mark Three great scientific revolutions have shaped our understanding of the cosmos and our relationship to it. The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries witnessed the Copernican Revolution, which bodychecked the Earth as the pivot point of creation and joined us with the rest of the cosmos as one planet among many orbiting the Sun. Three centuries later came the second great scientific revolution: the Darwinian Revolution. It removed us from a distinct, divine biological status to place us wholly in the ebb and flow of all terrestrial life. This book describes how we’re in the midst of a third great scientific revolution, five centuries in the making: the Stardust Revolution. It is the merging of the once-disparate realms of astronomy and evolutionary biology, and of the Copernican and Darwinian Revolutions, placing life in a cosmic context. The Stardust Revolution takes readers on a grand journey that begins on the summit of California’s Mount Wilson, where astronomers first realized that the universe is both expanding and evolving, to a radio telescope used to identify how organic molecules—the building blocks of life—are made by stars. It’s an epic story told through a scientific cast that includes some of the twentieth century’s greatest minds—including Nobel laureate Charles Townes, who discovered cosmic water—as well as the most ambitious scientific explorers of the twenty-first century, those racing to find another living planet. Today, an entirely new breed of scientists—astrobiologists and astrochemists—are taking the study of life into the space age. Astrobiologists study the origins, evolution, and distribution of life, not just on Earth, but in the universe. Stardust science is filling in the missing links in our evolutionary story, ones that extend our family tree back to the stars. 
Price: 12.95 USD
 
 
The Velocity Of Honey: And More Science Of Everyday Life, Jay Ingram
15 Jay Ingram The Velocity Of Honey: And More Science Of Everyday Life
2005 1560256540 / 9781560256540 HARDCOVER Collectible; Good 
What’s the science behind the theory of “six degrees of separation”? How do stones “skip”? When visiting a new place, why does getting there always seem to take so much longer than returning home? In The Velocity of Honey, the host of the Discovery Channel Canada’s Daily Planet and best-selling author Jay Ingram muses upon these and many more mysteries that puzzle and perplex. With his trademark wit and wonderment, Ingram makes the science of our lives accessible and fascinating. From mosquitoes to the Marvel Universe, baseball to baby-holding, Ingram’s topics are diverse. In some pieces, he explores the science behind many of our proverbial expressions, common sayings such as “Time flies when you’re having fun” and “It’s a small world after all.” In others, he highlights intriguing links between the world of art and the world of science. Delightful and surprising, Jay Ingram’s essays not only help to humanize and promote our understanding of science, they also remind us of the mystery that is the essence of all scientific pursuit. 
Price: 10.95 USD
 
 
16 John Allen Paulos Once Upon A Number: A Mathematician Bridges Stories And Statistics
1998 0465051588 / 9780465051588 HARDCOVER Used; Good 
What two things could be more different than numbers and stories? Numbers are abstract, certain, and eternal, but to most of us somewhat dry and bloodless. Good stories are full of life: they engage our emotions and have subtlety and nuance, but they lack rigor and the truths they tell are elusive and subject to debate. As ways of understanding the world around us, numbers and stories seem almost completely incompatible.Once Upon a Number shows that stories and numbers aren’t as different as you might imagine, and in fact they have surprising and fascinating connections. The concepts of logic and probability both grew out of intuitive ideas about how certain situations would play out. Now, logicians are inventing ways to deal with real world situations by mathematical means—by acknowledging, for instance, that items that are mathematically interchangeable may not be interchangeable in a story. And complexity theory looks at both number strings and narrative strings in remarkably similar terms.Throughout, renowned author John Paulos mixes numbers and narratives in his own delightful style. Along with lucid accounts of cutting-edge information theory we get hilarious anecdotes and jokes; instructions for running a truly impressive pyramid scam; a freewheeling conversation between Groucho Marx and Bertrand Russell (while they’re stuck in an elevator together); explanations of why the statistical evidence against OJ Simpson was overwhelming beyond doubt and how the Unabomber’s thinking shows signs of mathematical training; and dozens of other treats. This is another winner from America’s favorite mathematician. 
Price: 9.95 USD
 
 
Suppressed Inventions & Other Discoveries: Revealing the World's Greatest Secrets of Science and Med, Jonathan Eisen
17 Jonathan Eisen Suppressed Inventions & Other Discoveries: Revealing the World's Greatest Secrets of Science and Med
1900 0965020223 / 9780965020220 TRADE PAPERBACK Used; Good 
True stories of suppression, scientific cover-ups, misinformation, and brilliant breakthroughs. 
Price: 9.95 USD
 
 
18 Kiddle, Henry A NEW MANUAL OF THE ELEMENTS OF ASTRONOMY
B00089KB48 HARDCOVER Used; Good 
New York. 1871. Ivison, Blakeman, Taylor, & Company. A NEW MANUAL OF THE ELEMENTS OF ASTRONOMY, Descriptive and Mathematical: Comprising the Latest Discoveries and Theoretical Views, with Directions for the Use of the Globes, and for Sturying the Constellations. Hardcover book is in good condition with following exceptions: Black leather spine shows moderate wear to top and bottom. Top page edges darkened. Corners rubbed. Former owners name and address written on FFEP in pencil. 
Price: 145.00 USD
 
 
Dragon Fate : Book Six of the Age of Fire, Knigt, E. E.
19 Knigt, E. E. Dragon Fate : Book Six of the Age of Fire
ROC 2011 0451463560 / 9780451463562 TRADE PAPERBACK Used; Very Good 
Small remainder mark Scattered across a continent, three dragon siblings are among the last of a dying breed-the final hope for their species' survival. After fighting a war that cost each of them kingdoms, friends and family, and their honor and glory, they have removed themselves from the troubles of the world. But the order they fought to establish is falling apart. Ancient sorceries have been awakened. Dragons battle dragons. And men are taking up arms against their winged overlords. Now, the three must unite once more to save dragonkind from extinction, before the chaos and fire of war consumes them all...and the world with them. 
Price: 8.95 USD
 
 
Darwin in the Genome Molecular Strategies in Biological Evolution, Lynn Helena Caporale
20 Lynn Helena Caporale Darwin in the Genome Molecular Strategies in Biological Evolution
Tab Books 2002 0071378227 / 9780071378222 HARDCOVER Used; Very Good 
Written by a molecular biologist at the forefront of genomics research, Darwin in the Genome is an exciting account of one of the hottest new theories in biology today: evolution by natural selection inevitably leads to strategic mutations. In the struggle for survival, from pathogens to flowers, birds to orangutans, baker's yeast to people, the fittest genomes are those that evolve effective molecular strategies that respond to, and in fact anticipate, challenges and opportunities in their environments. Writing in a clear, accessible style, Lynn Caporale describes the emergence of genomic mutation strategies, which researchers are just beginning to uncover. She also spells out some of the more profound implications of these findings, including the importance of biodiversity, indeed human diversity, for survival, the possibility of bold new directions for medical research, and the inherent dangers of attempting to fix perceived "errors" in a human genome. 
Price: 11.95 USD
 
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